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Gary Morris, Candidate

Arkansas District 97 Representative

Gary Morris, Democratic Candidate
Gary Morris, Candidate
District 97 Representative 

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Citing his life-long love of our state and people, Northwest Arkansas native Gary Morris has announced his candidacy for State Representative district 97. This is a tri-county area encompassing portions of Carroll, Madison, and Eastern Washington counties.

“Between my wife Carolyn (Ames) and me, we have family roots that go back well over a century in Eureka Springs, Grandview, plus the White River area of Washington County," said Morris.  "Having had the opportunity to work with many of our senior citizen volunteers in Carroll, Madison, and Washington counties during the last ten years through the retired senior volunteers program (RSVP), it has afforded me a firsthand appreciation for human needs that are met through senior services to our residents."


Morris worked with the senior centers in Berryville, Eureka Springs, Huntsville, and Springdale, preparing and delivering meals-on-wheels. The RSVP group also operates food pantries, plus many other community services performed by senior volunteers.

With a background combining journalism, corporate communications, ministry and volunteer management, Morris feels uniquely qualified “to represent our citizens in a manner in which they will be proud, and with a purpose to improve their lives." 

Morris is seeking to engage with as many residents of what he calls this "heart of the Ozarks" area and welcomes opportunities to attend meetings and citizen gatherings.

Gary and Carolyn live on Beaver Lake near the former White River bridge. Morris is proud to say;

"This area is what was well-known for over 160 years now as 'Head's Ford,' my grandad was Carl Head and raised dairy cattle for Kraft, while always making the swimming, fishing, and even baptizing available to Arkansans'."


Morris began his broadcast journalism career in Springdale at KBRS radio while in high school. This led to his work in corporate communications, and ultimately to his path of volunteer management and ministry.

During his career, he had the opportunity to make the acquaintance of Dr. Billy Graham, Paul Harvey, American Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan and covered several national news events for network television.

Morris is a veteran, serving six years with the United States Army Reserve unit in Fayetteville (1966-1973).

"I truly want to serve as an elected public servant to give back to Northwest Arkansas and our people the type of honest, open, government they deserve."

Gary & Carolyn at DPCC Gratitude Dinner

Sandra Templeton, Gary & Carolyn at the DPCC Gary Morris Fundraiser

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